Friday, December 20, 2013

Merry Monday #88 {Use an Animal on your Christmas card!}

When I found this challenge (by way of The Empty Nest Crafter), I just knew that the time had come to try combining two of my favorite card makers' techniques.

I love vintage images, and have always wanted to make a card using this image from a postcard. The little birds are so darling. (The image at the head of this post is a close-up.)

Gloria Stengel has the blog "Scraps of Life", and she is a blooming genius when it comes to making the most of vintage images. One of her favorite techniques to help bring vintage images and patterned papers together, is to add the same color border around all the elements. Deep Brown and black do a very good job at this.

The other artist who floats my boat, using vintage images, is Ginny at Polly's Paper Studio. Ginny (maybe she has a pet parrot named Polly?), makes the most FABULOUS embellishments for her creations. At Christmas and Halloween, you can go bonkers looking at all her amazing work.

Seam binding makes a nice soft bow (if you know how to make a pretty one - which I don't) on which to mount all manner of buttons, string, bells, rosettes, or any other item that won't fall off of it. Go back in Ginny's archives if you've never seen her work. You'll never look at bows the same way again!
Managed one last shot before we lost our sunlight, because the other shots didn't show the little bit of glitter to jazz up the bird image.

Papertrey Ink 'Fine Linen' cardstock, Recollections metallic brown cardstock, patterned paper from KaiserCraft's  'Just Believe' small pad and K&Co.'s 'EB Visions of Christmas small pad, Creatology's snowflake buttons, Hemptique's variegated green hemp cord,  Hug Snug's Ivory seam binding, jingle bells, miscellaneous ribbon and lace, and Martha Stewart's crystal tinsel glitter.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and leaving a comment. See you hopping through the blogosphere, and have the happiest of holidays!


  1. What a beautiful, vintage card, Marcie! I love your bow and the layout! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

  2. Marcie, you surely know how to do vintage...this is gorgeous. bow, birds, paper, everything! You might want to check out this site: It is going to start up on Jan 8 for challenges and she has many designers all with different styles...something I can certainly learn from and maybe even enhance my own style (if I knew what is was..ha!) Merry Christmas to you and thank you for leaving a sweet comment on my blog!

  3. What a beautiful, vintage card, Marcie! The layout is perfect. Gorgeous bow with the jingle bells and snowflake. Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

  4. Marcie this vintage card is DARLING! Oh I love those little birds they are adorable! I love the little bit of glitter snow...just enough to make it glisten. Your bow is beautiful and I will check out the site you recommended .i love this image you used ,and all your pretty papers. This is a new favorite for me...LOVE it!
    I hope you have a Merry Christmas .

  5. This image really does have the look of yesteryear Marcie, so lovely.You have used it perfectly on your card. The tinsel glitter and embellished bow are a gorgeous touch. Thank you so much for joining us at Merry Monday!

  6. This is absolutely STUNNING! What a gorgeous card, Marcie. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

  7. Oh, Marcie...this is SO beautiful!!! I adore that sweet image, and the way you've framed it in with the rest of your layout! The pretty snowflake with the bows and bells look absolutely perfect here! Just a dreamy card, my dear! I do hope you enjoyed Christmas, and that the new year is very kind to you!!!

  8. Dropping by to say hello! Lovely card!

  9. Fabulous vintage card Marcie, this image is lovely. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.


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